These don’t hang around for long and original wrap tail SG Specials with the classic 1964 neck profile are getting increasingly harder to come by...
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Santana at Woodstock and Townshend at Leeds, reason enough to take a look at this 1964 Gibson SG Special.
Designed as a student model, a step up from the Junior, the Special had taken many guises since its introduction in 1955. By 1964 the guitar had lost all connection with its Les Paul heritage but was popular with players such as Toni Iommi and Robbie Krieger, the distinctive look setting the guitar part form its rivals.
This guitar is stunning. The colour has retained that rich depth that we seek out with these finishes. There is no evidence of fading anywhere on the body and though there are a few patches of wear, these do not detract from the overall look of the instrument.
The lacquer on the neck faded a little into a comfortable surface.Theres some nice checking but no damage. The headstock has a few marks but nothing too serious. The front is particular is very clean.
The fretboard has been refretted with sensible sized frets and its in excellent condition. Everything else is correct but it has had other tuners on at some stage as can be seen on the back of the headstock, you cannot tell from the front. The plastics are in good shape, the pickguard hasn’t warped or cracked and the pickup covers are all intact. This is an original wrap tail SG Special and has never had any kind of vibrato fitted and the correct nickel bridge is still present.
Electronically everything looks correct. All solder joint are untouched and the pot codes are week 20 of 1964.
The guitar comes with its correct Gibson hardshell case.
Sonically this guitar is so much more than a ‘student’ guitar. The neck is full bodied and clear with the bridge delivering that raw tone that we just itch for in an SG. A greta rock n roll machine. The neck is so comfortable being a classic, favoured 1964 profile and reassuringly full, just inviting you to play anywhere.
We love SGs here at ATB Guitars and to have a Special is always a treat. If your thing is there’s horned beasts then you need this one in your collection.
We are located in Cheltenham, the capital of the Cotswolds, UK. All items are in stock and can be viewed, tried out through a variety of vintage amplifiers and purchased, by appointment at our brand new lounge/showroom. We despatch virtually anywhere in the world and we have enormous experience in hassle-free, safe shipping.
ATB Guitars (By appointment please) 15 Regent St, Cheltenham, GL50 1HE United Kingdom
Landline: 01242 697607
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